Here’s a weekly roundup of upcoming food, beer and wine events, tours, classes, workshops and more across the Triangle.
Note: Businesses enter these events online months and weeks ahead of time; please check their websites or call to verify spots are still available.
Fall Soups and Stews Cooking Class
Cooler weather is on the way. Time to curl up by the fire with a hearty stew. In this hands-on class we will make several soups and stews inspired by the cool weather and fall garden. 6-8 p.m. Oct. 19. $59. Durham Spirits Co., 3222 Old Chapel Hill Road, Durham. 425-463-5430, durhamspiritscompany.com.
Cooking Class with Oakleaf’s Brendan Cox
Oakleaf, just down the road in Pittsboro, serves seasonal, farm-to-table cuisine with French and Italian influences.We are always pleased to have Chef Brendan in our classroom to share favorites and preparation secrets from his delicious menus. 6 p.m. Oct. 19. $50. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Local 22’s Birthday Bash
Calling foodies, craft brew connoisseurs, restaurant industry cohorts, and all Local 22 lovers: We are excited to celebrate three solid years of serving up fantastic seasonal and southern inspired fare to the folks of the Bull City & beyond! Come out, celebrate, and have a pint with us Oct. 20. Local 22, 2200 W. Main St., Durham. 919-286-9755, local22kitchenandbar.com.
Calling all kitchen ghouls! At this month’s Garden Gourmet we’ll blend up a festive pumpkin soup and decorate our bowls with spooky toppings to make our creations come alive. Help prepare a recipe focusing on seasonal, locally sourced fruits and veggies. 4:30-6 p.m. Oct. 20. Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh. 919-834-4040, marbleskidsmuseum.org.
Vivian Howard book event
Join us at Roost Beer Garden to celebrate Vivian Howard’s newest cookbook, “Deep Run Roots.” Tickets are $55 per person, include a copy of the book, a sandwich and beverage from Vivian’s food truck. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 21. $55. McIntyre’s Books, 2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro. 919-542-3030.
Annual Colfax Persimmon Festival
Held on a historic farm with structures dating back into the early 1800’s or before, the Annual Colfax Persimmon Festival celebrates the persimmon and historic farming with a wide range of exhibits, demonstrations, arts and crafts, live music, and of course, many persimmon-related items for purchase. The Festival proceeds go the Historic Stafford Farm restoration and upkeep. Parking is off-site with shuttle service included in admission. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 22. $10; $2 children 6-11; free for children 5 and under. Historic Stafford Farm, 558 N. Bunker Hill Road, Oak Ridge. 336-682-5328
Mixology: Infusions, Syrups and Shrubs
The Crunkleton, on Franklin Street, aims to be the standard for drink knowledge and mixing in Chapel Hill. With techniques and quality ingredients used decades ago, bartenders create cocktails—both vintage and modern—that capture an enthusiasm and passion for mixing drinks while creating a pleasurable visit for the drink enthusiast. We are excited to have Jordan Joseph, bartender at The Crunkleton, join us to share his knowledge in a fun hands-on class in which participants will learn to make several delicious new libations with an emphasis on infusions, syrups and shrubs. A light snack will be provided. 4 p.m. Oct. 22. $49. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Provence Harvest Cooking Class
The South of France is one of the most beautiful places in the world! The breeze is perfumed with lavender and rosemary; the markets are bursting with local produce and artisan products; anthem pace of life allows you to stop and take a moment to relax. Join us as we travel there tonight. 5-7 p.m. Oct. 22. $59/person. Durham Spirits Co., 3222 Old Chapel Hill Road, Durham. 425-463-5430, durhamspiritscompany.com.
A Savor the South Feast
A Savor the South Feast with local authors, Bridgette A. Lacy and Debbie Moose, who wrote “Sunday Dinner,” “Buttermilk” and “Southern Holidays.” This will be a partially interactive class. Students can participate to their comfort level. Food provided. Class size is limited, please sign up by Oct. 19. 2-4 p.m. Oct. 23. $55. Midway Community Kitchen, 505 W. Rosemary St, Chapel Hill. 919-280-0895, midwaycommunitykitchen.com.
Gluten-Free Latin Street Food
Latin street food doesn’t have to be reserved for visits to the local cantina or a trip across the border. Lane Calaway of Imagine That Gluten Free bakery, will visit our classroom for a hands-on class. 4 p.m. Oct. 23. $49. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Mushroom Cooking Class
Mushrooms are found on every continent in our world. They provide a taste and texture to dishes like no other food we know, yet many cooks may be intimidated by the many types and flavors. Join mushroom-loving chef Ellen Clevenger-Firley in this hands-on class. 5 p.m. Oct. 24. $49. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Apple Cooking Class
Our state produces many delicious crops, but this time of year apples are our favorite. There are also many,many different varieties, each with its own unique taste. Join Sheri Castle for some delicious seasonal recipes and discover just how versatile the apple can be. 6 p.m. Oct. 25. $49. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Date Night Cooking Class
Looking for something different than a restaurant dinner and a drink at the bar for date night? In this class we do all the hard work – grocery shopping and clean up – while you have hands-on cooking fun. 5 p.m. Oct. 26. $90 (2 tickets). Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Jenny Brule Cooking Class
With recipes taken from her new cookbook, “Learn To Cook 25 Southern Classic 3 Ways,” Chef Jenny Brule will demonstrate that learning to cook classic Southern recipes opens the door to a world of healthy andinternational flavors. 6 p.m. Oct. 27. $49. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
First Presbyterian Church Raleigh BBQ Fundraiser
This fundraiser is held to celebrate the church’s 200th anniversary and to support its missions and kitchen. Plates include Clyde Cooper’s barbecue with slaw, potato salad, hushpuppies and pork skins, dessert and tea. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 28. $10 per plate. First Presbyterian Church, 112 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh. 919-821-5750, fpcraleigh.org.
Special Blessings presents One Magical Christmas
Special Blessings will be hosting a fundraising event, “One Magical Christmas will offer dinner in a holiday setting, with live entertainment, and a silent auction, that will raise awareness and funds to benefit our cause. This event will be held at the Elks Lodge # 735, 5538 Lead Mine Rd, Raleigh, from 5:30-8:30 pm Nov. 3. Tickets are $25 each must be purchased by Oct. 27. Special Blessings is children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. $25 (age 11-Adult) $10 (age 4-10). Elks Lodge #735, 5538 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh. 919-787-5990, specialblessingsinc.net.
The Science of Food and Wine
Pairing wine with food should not be intimidating—itcan be fun! While you may not become a sensational sommelier overnight, wine merchant Elizabeth Cooper will de-mystify the process and offer practical tips andterms to impress your guests. 6 p.m. Oct. 28. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com
Mexican Cooking Class
The whole Mexican meal can be broke down into three components: cooking sauces, salsas and drinks. 6 p.m. Oct. 29. $49. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Vivian Howard book event in Chapel Hill
To celebrate the release of her cookbook, Vivian Howard is embarking on a food truck tour and treat us to a taste of her fine food and also sign her book. 4 p.m. Oct. 29. $55 (includes copy of the book). Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill. 919-942-7373, flyleafbooks.com.
Champagne Dinner with Chef Justin Burdett & Pitmasters
Ryan and Alicia Butler welcome guests to their home at Green Button Farm for a five-course private dinner with champagne pairings by sommelier, Inez Ribustello. Get up close and personal as you dine with the country’s best pitmasters — Wyatt Dickson, Tyson Ho, Sam Jones, Elliott Moss, John Lewis and Bryan Furman. 6-10 p.m. Oct. 28. $250. Green Button Farm, 9623 N. Roxboro Rd., Bahama. 919-236-7573, ncbbqrevival.com.
Elliott Moss of Buxton Hall BBQ’s Event
Chef Ben Adams and “Barbecue Man” Wyatt Dickson of PICNIC welcome Buxton Hall’s Elliott Moss for a vegetable-focused lunch celebrating southern sides & Moss’s brand new cookbook. This family-style lunch will be served in the pasture at Green Button Farm. Buxton Hall BBQ’s Book of Smoke” will be available for purchase & signing noon-1:30 p.m. Oct. 29. $50; $80. Green Button Farm, 9623 N. Roxboro Road, Bahama. 919-236-7573, ncbbqrevival.com.
Locals Seafood, Saltbox Seafood, Pitmasters farm dinner
Oyster roast and progressive farm dinner with pitmasters. Guests begin at Green Button Farm’s pond with Locals Seafood and Saltbox Seafood for shucked oysters, Brunswick Stew and more, before heading up the pasture to a feast in the tent featuring Arrogant Swine’s Tyson Ho, Lewis Barbecue’s John Lewis, Savannah’s Bryan Furman of B’s Cracklin, Mike Moore of The Blind Pig Supper Club and Old Etowah Smokehouse and many more. Once you reach the barn, you’ll discover bluegrass and s’mores by the fire. $125, 5:30-10 p.m. Oct. 29. $125. Green Button Farm, 9623 N. Roxboro Road, Bahama. 919-236-7573, ncbbqrevival.com.
Pork & Vine Festival
The Wine Feed is partnering with Stop Hunger Now and Green Button Farm to bring you Pork & Vine, a pork and wine festival. Our five restaurant partners (Gravy, Oval Park Grille, Patrick Jane’s Bar & Bistro, Buku, and Gonzas Tacos) will be preparing their pork-inspired dishes in small plates for you to enjoy. Each small plate will have a sample of wine to match. noon-4 p.m. Oct. 30. $50 VIP ; $40 General Admission. The Wine Feed, 602 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 919-374-0036, thewinefeed.com.
Bourbon, Ciders & Bitters, Oh My!
It’s the holidays and perhaps you’re wondering howto best stock your bar for upcoming festivities. In this class, Gary Crunkleton of The Crunkleton bar, StaceySprenz of Foggy Ridge Cider and Craig Rudewicz of Crude Bitters will team up to share their knowledge onputting together creative cocktails. Join them andlearn drinks you won’t find at any other party! A light snack will be provided. 6 p.m. Oct. 31. $49. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Dumplings Around the World
Dumplings are comfort food and it seems every culture has their own version of dough wrapped around a spiced stuffing. In this hands-on class, you will learn to make dumplings from four different countries and put a Southern twist on a dessert version. 5 p.m. Oct. 31. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Wine and beer tastings
Weekly Wine Tasting
Fearrington Sommelier Colin Williams will be offering free wine tastings each Saturday. 3-6 p.m. Free. The Goat Coffee & Wine Shop, 2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro. 919-545-5717, fearrington.com/the-goat/.
Mandolin Wine Tastings
Every Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m., sample wines from across the globe for only $5. Wine tasting topics will include The Wine of Kiona on Oct. 19, Halloween Wines on Oct. 26, and Wines of Elyse on Nov. 2. 6-7 p.m. $5. Mandolin, 2519 Fairview Road, Raleigh. 919-322-0365, mandolinraleigh.com.
Free tastings take place at both Durham and Raleigh stores. Check the website for classes that provide more in-depth wine study. Noon-3 p.m. Saturdays; 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays; free. Wine Authorities, 211 E. Franklin St., Raleigh; 2501 University Drive, Durham. wineauthorities.com
Wine Class with Marc Hochar of Chateau Musar
Chateau Musar is one of our favorite wineries here in Fearrington Village, so it is an honor to host Marc Hochar, part-owner of Chateau Musar, who will lead an in-depth tasting of both the flagship red and white wines of this famous estate. 6-8 p.m. Oct. 20. $55. The Fearrington Granary Restaurant, 2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro. 919-542-2121, fearrington.com/eateries/the-fearrington-granary.
Drunken Vigil Release Party
Clouds Brewing will be hosting the release party for the 2016 Southern Pines Brewing Co. Drunken Vigil Beer. This year they aged it in Jefferson’s whiskey barrel. This beer will only be available at the Southern Pines taproom and Clouds Brewing. 6-11:59 p.m. Oct. 21. Clouds Brewing, 126 N. West St., Raleigh. 919-307-8335, cloudsbrewing.com.
Toasts & Tunes Concert Series
Come enjoy an afternoon of music in the vineyard with Terry Dean (Carolina Island Boys) and Cloer Family Vineyards. All you need is a lawn chair and/or a picnic lunch. Wine will be sold by the glass and by the bottle. 2 p.m. Oct. 22. Free. Cloer Family Vineyards, 8624 Castleberry Rd., Apex. 919-387-5760, cloerfamilyvineyards.com.
Mattie Beason, cider expert from Black Twig Cider House, will be working with Alexander Kast from Goat Lady Dairy on a cider and cheese pairing and tasting class. The class will highlight five cheeses and four ciders. The cost is $25 per person. 3-4 p.m. Nov. 12, Dec. 10. $25 per person. Black Twig Cider House, 2812 Erwin Road, Durham. 919-321-0203, blacktwigciderhouse.com.
Triangle Food Tour: Downtown Durham
On this guided journey through the streets of downtown Durham, we’ll visit some of the area’s most unique, hidden culinary gems. 2:30-5:30 p.m. Saturdays. $45. Fishmonger’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar, 806 W. Main St., Durham. 919-682-0128, trianglefoodtour.com
Triangle Food Tour: Downtown Chapel Hill & Carrboro
On this leisurely walk through the downtown streets of Chapel Hill and Carrboro the group will pause at up to six locations among the area’s finest and most unique establishments. Along the way, the streetscapes and local character will combine to reveal how unique and different each are despite their close proximity. 2:15-5:30 p.m. Saturdays. $45. Downtown Chapel Hill, Franklin St, Chapel Hill. 919-967-9440, trianglefoodtour.com
Triangle Food Tour: Downtown Cary
Get acquainted with Cary’s rich heritage while experiencing the flavors of the diverse downtown culinary landscape on this guided walking food tour. Journey with a small group through the heart of Cary’s downtown (often overlooked by Triangle residents), and you will quickly gain a sense of the history and culture that shaped this community. 2-5 p.m. Saturdays. $45. Ashworth Village, 200 S. Academy St., Cary. 919-388-8639, trianglefoodtour.com
Triangle Food Tour: Downtown Raleigh
Experience a guided culinary journey of sight and taste that spans all five downtown districts to sample a cross-section of some of Raleigh’s unique local restaurant venues, blended together with some forgotten historical tidbits that leaves you full of new insights on the downtown culinary landscape. 2-5:30 p.m. Saturdays, $45. Fayetteville St, Raleigh, trianglefoodtour.com
Taste Carolina: Raleigh Saturday Afternoon Tasting Tour
This tour is a fantastic way to get to know the heart of downtown. Included is food tastings at four unique, local restaurants plus dessert and a wine tasting. Tours begin at historic Fayetteville Street. 2 p.m. Saturdays. $55. Downtown Raleigh, Fayetteville St, Raleigh. tastecarolina.net
Taste Carolina: Raleigh Friday Afternoon Tasting Tour
The Friday Afternoon Tasting Tour begins on historic Fayetteville Street near the Capitol and heads over to the Seaboard Station/ Oakwood districts via the R Line, with a 20-minute history walk back downtown at the end of the tour. Food tastings at three restaurants that source ingredients locally, a beer and/ or wine tasting and dessert are included. 1:30 p.m. Fridays. $55. Downtown Raleigh, Fayetteville St., Raleigh. tastecarolina.net
Taste Carolina: Raleigh Dinner & Drinks Tours
The Friday and Saturday Dinner & Drinks Tours stay mostly close to historic Fayetteville Street and the Capitol but may walk to the Warehouse/ Gallery or Glenwood Avenue South Districts. These high-spirited tours include enough food to be considered dinner by most people, and include a number of drink pairings. Stops are subject to change based on restaurant availability. Tours include five stops: three varied restaurants for savory food paired with wine, beer or a cocktail, a speakeasy cocktail bar, and a sweet bite for dessert. 4 p.m. Fridays, 3:30 p.m. Saturdays. $69.50. Downtown Raleigh, Fayetteville St., Raleigh. tastecarolina.net
Taste Carolina: Raleigh Roots Tour
Raleigh Roots Tour explores the areas of Seaboard Station, Mordecai, and Oakwood neighborhoods. The tour includes savory food at three restaurants plus a beer or wine tasting and dessert. Stops are subject to change on a week to week basis. Eating a light lunch beforehand is recommended. 2 p.m. Saturdays. $55. Downtown Raleigh, Fayetteville St., Raleigh. tastecarolina.net
Taste Carolina: Durham Afternoon Tasting Tour
The Afternoon Tasting Tour is a fantastic way to experience six different Durham gems in one afternoon. The restaurants featured on this tour have lines out the door every day, but the delicious tastings are prepared and ready for the tour to just walk in and enjoy. 1:45 p.m. Saturdays. $50. Downtown Durham, Main St., Durham. tastecarolina.net
Taste Carolina: Durham Evening Tasting Tour
The Evening Tasting Tour includes food and drink tastings at five different restaurants and bars. The three restaurants featured on this tour are as farm-to-table as you will find and are all located in funky, rehabbed historic buildings. Chefs prepare substantial tour tastings all paired with small drinks. Also included on this tour is a craft cocktail demonstration and tasting, as well as dessert made from locally-milled flour and local dairy. 3:15 p.m. Saturdays. $65. Downtown Durham, Main St., Durham. tastecarolina.net
Taste Carolina: Historic Hillsborough Tasting Tour
Talk with chefs, owners, and farmers while exploring Hillsborough’s history and architecture. Enjoy the warmth and friendliness of the town and, of course, plenty of food, including handmade chocolates, famous scones, local beer, organic wine, and a stop at one of the most esteemed restaurants in the Southeast. 11 a.m. Saturdays. $50. Downtown Hillsborough, 100 Churton St., Hillsborough. tastecarolina.net
Taste Carolina: Culinary Carrboro & Chapel Hill Tour
This tour ties local ingredients to the restaurants that use them and typically includes food at four different restaurants, substantial tastings with farmers and vendors at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market, and a beer tasting. 11 a.m. Saturdays. $55. Downtown Carrboro, Greensboro St., Carrboro. tastecarolina.net
Taste Carolina: Chapel Hill & Carrboro Dinner & Drinks Tour
The Chapel Hill/ Carrboro Dinner & Drinks Tour includes visits to four to five different restaurants with a few drink pairings, plus beer and coffee tastings. 3:15 p.m. Saturdays. $65. Downtown Carrboro, Greensboro St, Carrboro. tastecarolina.net
Tobacco Road Tour: Durham Pub Crawl
The tour is designed for all types of guests seeking a unique and different downtown Durham experience. Join us for this fun 2 1/2-hour, 1-mile tour where you obtain special treatment at four of downtown Durham’s latest, hip and clever bars, restaurants and pubs! 7:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays. $19. Tyler’s Restaurant & Taproom, 324 Blackwell St. Suite 400, Durham. 919-433-0345, tobaccoroadtours.com
Tobacco Road Tour: Durham Dark & Mysterious Ghost Walk
The Durham Dark and Mysterious Ghost Walk is a family friendly 1.5-mile walking tour designed for adults and children, ages 8 years and older. The tour combines local ghost stories, folklore and local history. 7:30-9 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays. $15. Tyler’s Restaurant & Taproom, 324 Blackwell St. Suite 400, Durham. 919-433-0345, tylerstaproom.com.
Tobacco Road Tour: Raleigh Craft Cocktails
On the Raleigh Craft Cocktail & Cultural Walking Tour, meet bar owners, bartenders and industry experts at four downtown Raleigh cocktail havens. 4-7 p.m. Saturdays. $48.98 plus $2 service fee (includes 4 cocktails). Rye Bar and Southern Kitchen, 500 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. 919-227-3370, tobaccoroadtours.com
Tobacco Road Tour: Raleigh Pub Crawl
Learn about Raleigh’s ghosts and visit three of the city’s hottest bars and pubs. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays. $19. Mecca Restaurant, 13 E. Martin St., Raleigh. 919-832-5714. tobaccoroadtours.com
Tobacco Road Tour: Raleigh Local Brewery Tasting
Buzz ’n Go: Raleigh Guided City Tour & Local Brewery Tasting is the best way to discover Raleigh’s incredible sights and historical attractions 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays. $59. Downtown Raleigh, Fayetteville St, Raleigh. tobaccoroadtours.com
Tobacco Road Tour: Raleigh Culinary and Cultural Tour
Tobacco Road Tours is bringing its own spin on this popular culinary travel experience to downtown Raleigh, offering participants a unique experience combining history, walking, tasting and fun. 1:30-5 p.m. Saturdays. $48. Clouds Brewing, 126 N. West St, Raleigh. 919-307-8335, tobaccoroadtours